New England Patriots Aquire Aqib Talib From Tampa Bay Buccaneers

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Cornerback Aqib Talib has been traded to the New England Patriots, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers announced Thursday.

The details of the trade have not been released..

The New England Patriots moved to improve their porous secondary, acquiring cornerback Aqib Talib, who has one game remaining on a four-game suspension for violating the league’s policy on performance-enhancing substances.

The Buccaneers announced the trade, completed before Thursday’s 4 p.m. deadline, but didn’t say what they are receiving in return.

The fifth-year pro said in a statement released by the Buccaneers earlier this month that he took an Adderall pill without a prescription “around the beginning of training camp.”

Talib was the 20th overall pick in the 2008 draft and was one of Tampa Bay’s top defenders with 18 career interceptions.

Talib’s current suspension is his second of his NFL career.

The 26-year-old was suspended without pay for the 2010 regular-season opener and also fined one additional game check for violating the NFL’s personal-conduct policy. That discipline stemmed from an altercation with a St. Petersburg cab driver during training camp in August 2009.

Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.

Tebow Trade Talks Denied

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While the Jets are evaluating the what to do in the second half of the season, but one of those is not trading the popular backup quarterback.

There was a report by a Jacksonville TV station on Tuesday night that the Jets and Jaguars were talking about a trade to send Tebow to his hometown team.  Source from both the Jets and The Jaguars said that report is not true.

The Post reported last week the Jets would not trade Tebow before the trade deadline, which was pushed back to today at 4 p.m. because of Hurricane Sandy.

The Jaguars are the one team people speculated the Jets could trade Tebow to because that is where he is from and they were the only team other than the Jets to show interest in Tebow when the Broncos put him on the trading block in March.

The Jets have struggled through the first half of the season with how to use Tebow. He has played just 55 snaps on offense and has not scored a touchdown. Jets coach Rex Ryan said Monday that one of the areas the coaches would address during this their bye week is how they have used Tebow and if he should have a larger role.

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Lions trade for Mike Thomas

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Mike Thomas is only a few years removed from fantasy relevance. It is a safe bet that the Lions will ask him to take over special teams duties to spark their sagging punt and kick off return game. Thomas has great hands and will provide depth on special teams. Thomas is also a good depth play for the Lions who need help at the slot receiver position. Thomas should back up Ryan Broyles – allowing Titus Young to move to the outside full time.

Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports that the Lions have acquired veteran receiver Mike Thomas from the Jaguars.

—source: ProFootballTalk » Rumor Mill

This means excellent things for Titus Young, who enjoyed a break out performance last week. Young will be allowed to patrol opposite of Megatron which will mean more single coverage – and more deep shots down the field. Broyles and Thomas will switch hit the slot position.

Chad Johnson Arrested on Domestic Battery Charges

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ohnson is expected to bound out of jail by 8:30 a.m. ET Sunday morning.

News just broke that Miami Dolphins WR Chad Johnson was arrested on domestic violence charges involving his new wife, reality TV star, Evelyn Lozada.

Pro Football Talks reported:

According to Davie (Fla.) Police Department captain Dale Engle, Johnson was arrested Saturday night on domestic violence charges, per the South Florida Sun-Sentinel.

According to the report, Johnson was arrested after an incident involving his new wife (hey were married on July 4)Evelyn Lozada. He allegedly head-butted her during an argument in his car.  T.

When police arrived at the scene, Lozada had lacerations on her forehead.

TMZ reports that “Lozada has been at the hospital for several hours and her injury will require stitches.”

Miami Dolphin journalist, Ben Volin tweeted that the altercation started over receipts for condoms.

Likewise, The Palm Beach Report published that Basketball Wives star did in fact find a receipt for condoms in the car as the couple drove home from dinner. The site reports:

According to Engle, Johnson and his wife, Evelyn Lozada, were driving to their home in Davie after dinner Saturday night when Lozada found a receipt for a box of condoms in the car, sparking an argument that got “heated.”

When they arrived at their home, the argument “escalated quite a bit,” Engle said, and Johnson and Lozada butted heads, giving Lozada a laceration on her forehead. Lozada told police that Johnson purposely head-butted her, while Johnson told police it was accidental.

Chad is reportedly still being held in custody and is waiting to be seen by a judge. Ben Violin tweets:

In an odd coincidence, Chad Johnson seemed to predict his arrest when said in the 1st episode of HBO’s Hard Knocks series (just last week), which is following the Dolphins this year,  “Hey Stu, I promise I’m getting arrested while we’re off.”

Johnson signed with the Dolphins in June, four days after he was released by New England. A six-time Pro Bowl receiver with Cincinnati, he caught only 15 passes in 15 games for the Patriots last year after they acquired him in a trade for a pair of draft picks

On Friday night in the Dolphins’ 20-7 loss to Tampa Bay in the exhibition opener, Johnson let the only pass thrown to him slip through his hands.

Johnson and Lozada, married on July 4, were prominent in the recent first episode of HBO’s “Hard Knocks: Training Camp with the Miami Dolphins.”

Lozada used to be the fiancee of NBA player Antoine Walker.

Terrell Owens, Braylon Edwards Contract Details

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For those of you like me, that were wondering about the contract details for both Braylon Edwards and Terrell Owens, they have finally been disclosed. As Per Andrew Brandt, Owens signed a one-year deal for the 10-year-plus minimum of $925,000, with a $65,000 signing bonus if he makes the final roster. ProFootballTalk points out his $990,000 salary is a $540,000 hit against the salary cap in 2012, if he makes the team.

ProFootballTalk also passes along Braylon Edwards‘ contract details obtained from a league source, and noted due to his seven years of experience, his minimum salary is $825,000. Edwards will also get a $65,000 roster bonus if he makes the team, but importantly, of the base salary, $270,000 of it is fully guaranteed. Identical to T.O.’s potential cap hit, Edwards counts only as $540,000 against the cap in 2012. In other words, if both T.O. and Edwards make the Seahawks’ final roster, they’d combine for just over $1 million against the cap. Certainly team-friendly.

The $270,000 guaranteed number for Edwards is interesting and though I would guess the Seahawks wouldn’t bat an eye at that kind of money should they drop him, any guaranteed money does lend a little credence to those that see Braylon as a good bet to making the final 53. Regardless,  I think the T.O./Braylon Edwards signings are a great move (one the Jets should have explored because of Edwards and Sanchezs’ former chemistry) and even though there is the potential locker room ramifications, these are both extremely low-risk, ‘prove-it’ type contracts that the Seahawks front office has made part of their M.O..

Braylon Edwards tries out for Miami Dolphins

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Braylon Edwards New York JetsDAVIE, Fla. — Miami coach Joe Philbin has confirmed that former New York Jets and Pro Bowl wide receiver Braylon Edwards had a workout with the Dolphins.

Philbin says the workout occurred in the middle of last week, a few days before the Dolphins held their first training camp practice.

As he third overall pick in the 2005 draft, Edwards has 341 catches in seven NFL seasons.

The 29-year-old Edwards caught 15 passes for 181 yards in nine games for San Francisco last season, missing time with knee and shoulder injuries. The 49ers released him the final week of last season. His best year was 2007 when he had 80 receptions for 1,289 yards and 16 touchdowns in Cleveland.

After trading wide receiver Brandon Marshall to Chicago in March, the Dolphins signed veteran free agent Chad Johnson in June.

Edwards also worked out for the Seattle Seahawks last Thursday.

Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.

Tim Tebow Works with Throwing Guru Tom House

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It was reported yesterday that- New York Jets quarterback Tim Tebow has been working out with  throwing guru Tom House on the campus of USC for the past week.

Tebow, the Jets’ big offseason acquisition, has spent the past five days making adjustments to his throwing motion under the tutelage of Tom House, a former major league pitcher now working as a volunteer pitching coach at USC.

Tebow had his last mechanics session with House on Friday and plans to fly back to New York this weekend. The Jets begin training camp on Thursday in Cortland, N.Y.

House has worked with a number of other prominent NFL quarterbacks this offseason, including Tom Brady, Alex Smith and Carson Palmer.

New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees was the first quarterback to visit with House, in 2003, when Brees  was playing with the San Diego Chargers.

The typical quarterback’s schedule is a weeklong program at the Rod Dedeaux Research and Baseball Institute on the USC campus, where 3D video analysis is used in coordination with traditional drills to break down individual motions to a thousand frames per second and discover small inconsistencies or errors.

House said Friday…

“I think he’s getting better, but the proof is in the pudding,” House said. “Being out here at USC is different than being with the New York Jets.”

ESPN reported that A Trojans’ program source told them that Tebow has used USC wide receiver Marqise Lee as one of his targets during throwing sessions. Lee is a talented sophomore expected to be a top pick in the 2014 NFL draft.

Current Jets receiver Patrick Turner, who also played at USC, has caught passes from Tebow, as well.

Gisele Sends Email Asking Friends to Pray For Her Husband

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As if waking up next to Brazilian supermodel Gisele Bundchen weren’t enough, Tom Brady now needs positive thoughts to be more successful! Today, the New york Post obtained a copy of an email that Gisele sent out to her friends and family where she asked them,

“My sweet friends and family. This sunday will be a really important day in my husband’s life. He and his team worked so hard to get to this point and now they need us more than ever to send them positive energy so they can fulfill their dream of winning this super bowl. […] I feel Tommy really needs our prayer, our support and love at this time. […]

So I kindly ask all of you to join me on this positive chain and pray for him, so he can feel confident, healthy and strong. Envision him happy and fulfilled experiencing with his team a victory this sunday.”

Well I’d have to say that Tom is doing pretty good for himself even with out those prayers, but it is great to see her concern!

Maybe Tim Tebow will send him so positive thoughts and prayers too!

Patriots’ Julian Edelman Arrested

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Apparently the after this week the New England Patriots have to get their act together….. no not the beating they too from the Steelers, but their players seem to need dating advice… yeah, go ahead, check out that link it may help.

First Gronkowski is seen with his shirt on off and on a pornstars back, and now another Patriots player is in the news for indecent acts. Julian Edelman got arrested for grouping a woman in a club.

According to witnesses Edelman “bumped” into her but it was clear by everyones reaction that had gone on.

Police were called to the club at about 1:30 a.m. and met a woman who said Edelman, 25, reached under her costume and grabbed her crotch, according to an application for a criminal complaint.

A witness who was with the woman said he observed Edelman bump into her and then saw her face “change into an expression of shock,” the complaint said.

Gronkowski seems to be able to get the women with out getting into trouble, maybe him and Brady need to help Edelman step up his game on AND off the field… cause apparently he doesnt have a game with the ladies if you needs to do crap like that!

Patriots TE Gronkowski, Hanging Out With Another Tight End, Porn Star Bibi Jones

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Patriots TE Gronkowski, Hanging Out With Another Tight End, Porn Star Bibi Jones

New England Patriots Tight End Rob Gronkowski had a great week….  And he didn’t even play this week!

During his week off Gronkowski’s great adventures in Arizona consisted posing shirtless with adult film star BiBi Jones who was wearing his No. 87 New England jersey.

Jones, who didn’t know who Gronkowski was until meeting him through mutual friends last week, posted the pics on her Twitter account.

Miss Jones tweeted this and one other photo of herself and the man she called her “favorite football player” sometime last night. Much like Miss Jones, these photos are getting around.   Earlier this week tweeted that she had just had “a lot of fun” with Paul Bissonnette of the NHL’s Phoenix Coyotes and in the past was involved with baseball players such as Dan Uggla.

Rob Gronkowski addressed his bye week “great” adventures in Arizona saying,

“I didn’t intend anything to hurt the reputation of anyone on the New England Patriots or on behalf of Robert Kraft,” said Gronkowski, who also met with the team’s owner.

“It was just a simple picture, and that’s all.”

Miss Jones said nothing more occurred between her and Gronkowski beyond the Twitter poses, even if she was eager for the, um, relationship to progress. Jones says she’s regularly slept with pro athletes and even named a few.

“Nothing happened. I wish something had, but nothing happened,” she said of Gronkowski.

>>>Yeah right!

“I asked if I could have some pictures with him and he said, ‘Yeah, wait, put on my jersey.’ I said, ‘OK.’ We were taking pictures. I asked him if I could put it on Twitter because some athletes wouldn’t want that since I do do adult films, and they don’t want to be associated with that. He was really cool with it because I have more Twitter followers than him.”

And why did Gronkowski have the jersey readily handy?

“He just carries it around with him,” Jones said. “That’s what I asked, ‘So you just have a jersey?’ He was like, ‘Yeah, for times like this.’ … He had it in his suitcase.”

>>>Hmmm interesting, I wonder what “other” special occasions require pulling gout the jersey.